May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Angela Taylor Living On Purpose With a Purpose

by Marissa Lovell

Growing up in Mountain Home, Idaho, Angela Taylor learned hard work, integrity and service through the actions of her parents. Her father, a United States Airman, and her mother, a teacher’s aide, demonstrated what it meant to live life on purpose and with purpose, and challenged her to rise to her potential. After graduating from high school, Angela attended Stanford University where she studied economics and won multiple national championships with the women’s basketball team. Recognizing the social and economic impact of athletics, Angela headed to business school at New York University, where she became involved in launching professional women’s basketball as WNBA Senior Director of Player Personnel.

After nine years, Angela began to move back towards the West Coast working as Vice President of Business Operations for Minnesota Lynx, General Manager of Washington Mystics and President and General Manager of Atlanta Dream. In 2015, Angela wanted to be closer to her parents and moved back to Boise with a pressing thought on her mind – how can I generate opportunities for the community that contribute to the economic development in Boise? 

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Luis Caloca Turning Ideas Into Action

by Marissa Lovell

Luis Caloca, Director of Enrollment Management and One Stop at College of Western Idaho, has paved his way by turning ideas into action. Starting out in Wilder within a predominantly Hispanic community, Luis’s life was transformed when his family moved to Canyon County and enrolled him in West Canyon Elementary – at the time, a school with very few Hispanic students. 

Experiences like that led him and two others to create the Future Hispanic Leaders of America in their senior year – an organization committed to helping Hispanic students advance in education by assisting with college admission, finding scholarships and grants and serving as a support group for those sharing similar experiences.

These pivotal experiences early on in Luis’s education paved the way to a career in higher education – specifically a career where he could work with students and the community to address the same adversity he felt as a student.

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